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mysticwolf75 Has it really been 11 years already? I bought this on CD back in 2009, and it quickly became one of my personal favorites! Very moody and atmospheric. Irina Mikhailova's vocals still give me chills! (Incidentally, Irina released an EP of her 5 songs from this, titled "Some Nights", on her own Bandcamp page). Favorite track: Steps.
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Face 06:48
Here With Me 05:33
Between Us 06:49
Ashes 04:55
Phaser 05:36
Cover Me 05:07
Kia 06:14
Eating Crow 04:51
Some Nights 04:30
Vinsadaan 05:25
Steps 06:29
Heading Home 06:25


Set on a reliable path from the first beats, the new Hands Upon Black Earth album, Translucent, evolves organically… swelling into a presence, ripe and provocative, and ebbing gracefully into submission. It carries emotion and summons release… seductive and soothing when so inclined, well scripted and perfectly unpredictable. In Translucent, h.u.b.e producer Bobby Cochran continues his path to uncharted sonic territories, and extends to accomplish what can only be the goal to enrapture…

On this follow-up to the groundbreaking self-titled debut album, Cochran is joined by vocalist and collaborator Irina Mikhailova, formerly of Medicine Drum and currently of Lumin, Kaya Project and many others, Irina is a well respected and established solo recording artist in her own right, and adds new sensuality and Eastern European flavor to the mix. Additional collaborations feature downtempo producer and cellist Rena Jones (Native State/Aleph Zero), singers and composers Artemis, Sharon Knight and Celeste Lear, among others.

These are songs that mix the ancient salt of tide pools with the gleam of mercury; natural ambiences tastefully introduced and skillfully blended, pulsing and undulating rhythms fused with soothing strings and electronic textures… awakening the body to movement while opening the mind to infinite possibilities… Translucent is a doorway to the uncharted territory within us all.


released March 20, 2009

Featuring contributions and collaborations by Irina Mikhailova, Artemis, Celeste Lear, Rena Jones, and Sharon Knight


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